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Project Scheduling Under Uncertainty

Project Scheduling Under Uncertainty
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Author(s): Tarun Bhaskar (GE Global Research, India) and Manabendra Nath Pal (Indian Institute of Management Calcutta, India)
Copyright: 2007
Pages: 4
Source title: Managing Worldwide Operations and Communications with Information Technology
Source Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, D.B.A. (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-929-8.ch186
ISBN13: 9781599049298
EISBN13: 9781466665378

Abstract

Scheduling is a very important part of the planning phase of project management. But the fact that it is a planning phase process makes it susceptible to uncertainty. This paper discusses uncertainty at different phases in project scheduling and then provides a method for handling uncertainty at the planning phase. We consider the project-scheduling problem with multiple resource constraints; discuss the uncertainty involved in the activity duration and its effect on the schedule. We propose a priority rule for a new schedule generation scheme, which takes care of the criticality of the activities and the randomness involved in the current and future activities. The method is demonstrated on a problem taken from the literature.

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